Saints notebook: Trip to Yulman Stadium ‘kind of weird’ for ex-Tulane standout Ryan Griffin

When Ryan Griffin pulled off his pads Friday night to talk to the media, he revealed his old Tulane workout shirt underneath. Perfect for the setting. New Orleans practiced in front of 3,507 fans at Yulman Stadium, a spot that looked quite a bit different when Griffin was at the controls of the Green Wave… Continue reading →

Saints’ Dennis Lauscha: No complaints about Falcons’ stadium naming rights deal with Mercedes-Benz

The Saints are saying they view Mercedes-Benz’s 27-year naming rights deal for the Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium not so much as an affront but a reflection on how successful the German automaker sees its 10-year deal for the Superdome’s rights. “From our perspective, Mercedes-Benz realized just how beneficial and positive their naming rights deal was in… Continue reading →

Sean Payton says Willie Snead is ‘in the thick’ of battle for roster spot

. Willie Snead’s odds of making the roster have improved throughout the course of training camp. The wide receiver has been on of the more productive and consistent performers during camp, and he capped things off by catching at least four passes during Friday’s practice at Yulman Stadium. After the session concluded, coach Sean Payton praised Snead for his… Continue reading →

No changes to roll call for Saints’ final open practice at Yulman Stadium

The list of Saints available for practice hasn’t changed as New Orleans hits Benson Field at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium for its final open practice of training camp. Cornerback Brandon Browner is on the field, but not wearing pads. Browner has been out at practice most of the week. C.J. Spiller, Jairus Byrd, Khiry Robinson, P.J. Williams, Ronald Powell, Dannell Ellerbe,… Continue reading →

New Orleans Saints’ Kasim Edebali keeps his head while he keeps shifting positions

Associated Press photo by CHRIS TILLER -- Kasim Edebali, right, goes head to head with tackle Antonio Johnson during the Saints' training camp Aug. 1 in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Kasim Edebali has spent the past two weeks trying to learn a new position on the fly. Edebali, an outside linebacker/defensive end “tweener” who has almost always been used as a pass rusher, opened training camp as a defensive end. Then the defensive staff saw something in Edebali’s skill set. “Coach told me, ‘You can move in space. You… Continue reading →

A FEW MINUTES WITH: Rafael Bush

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Saints defensive back Rafael Bush warms up before game against the Dolphins on Sept. 30, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Veteran Saints safety Rafael Bush, now in his fourth season in New Orleans, knows the NFL game well. Bush met with the media following the Saints’ practice in Metairie on Thursday and talked about football’s most popular show. What’s the difference between a pass breakup and an interception? Football is a game of inches. One false… Continue reading →

Saints trying to find out where Kasim Edebali best fits in their defense

Kasim Edebali has spent the last two weeks trying to learn a new position on the fly. Edebali, an outside linebacker/defensive end ‘tweener who has almost always been used as a pass rusher, opened training camp as a defensive end. Then the Saints’ defensive staff saw something in Edebali’s skill set. “Coach told me ‘You can move in space, you can move around,… Continue reading →

Saints coach Sean Payton says Delvin Breaux's workout a few months ago was one of the best he's ever seen

Delvin Breaux has been one of the breakout stars of the Saints’ offseason, prompting high praise from teammates and coaches. Breaux has been surprising, to say the least, fighting his way into the lead for a nickel back role the Saints consider a starter in their defensive scheme. And although he might have surpassed some expectations, Breaux has been impressing the… Continue reading →

Saints hope to connect with New Orleans community during Friday night's practice at Tulane

The New Orleans Saints’ decision to hold the final open practice of training camp at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium was something of an eleventh-hour decision. At some point last week, Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis were talking about potential venues, and they hit on Tulane’s new facility, a natural option given its size and the team’s relationship with… Continue reading →

Delvin Breaux impresses, Dustin Hopkins takes step forward in the kicker battle during Saints' Thursday practice

Notes and observations from Thursday’s practice: BREAUX SHOW CONTINUES: We’ve reached the point where Delvin Breaux’s performance in practices is going to create unreasonable expectations if we’re not careful. His legend grows every single day. I pointed out earlier in the week how well he’s performed in one-on-one drills with wide receivers. He did it again today, running a Lance Lewis… Continue reading →

Saints may be close to getting some key defenders back

The New Orleans Saints appear to be close to getting some of their key defenders back. Brandon Browner, for the second time in three days, is out at practice but not in pads. Veteran linebacker Ramon Humber is also out at practice for the first time since suffering an injury against Baltimore. In addition, rookie outside linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha is back after one… Continue reading →

‘Vise Grips’: Delvin Breaux’s powerful hands do talking for Saints’ impressive rookie

Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams, middle, is upended between New Orleans Saints defensive back Delvin Breaux, left, and New Orleans Saints cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (23) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Baltimore, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Delvin Breaux rarely says a word on the football field. Off the field, Breaux is a charming, easygoing communicator, but he keeps his mouth shut once he steps between the lines, bucking the long-standing tradition of brash, trash-talking cornerbacks. Breaux can’t even be drawn into a verbal test of wills by the chirpiest of receivers. Snap after… Continue reading →

Saints assistant coaches using exhibition games to work on their own positioning

Associated Press file photo by BILL HABER -- New Orleans Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt talks to then-linebacker Curtis Lofton during an exhibiton game against the Tennessee Titans last season. Vitt was on the sideline for this year's preseason opener at Baltimore. He spent last week's exhibition in the press box.

The Saints are using the preseason to find the best routines for the coaching staff during the season. During the first preseason game, the team had linebackers coach Joe Vitt on the sideline and defensive assistant Dennis Allen in the press box. During the second game, Allen came down to the sideline and Vitt moved up to the box.… Continue reading →

Saints using preseason games to tinker with their coaching staff configuration

The Saints are using the preseason to find a set of best practices for the coaching staff during the season. During the first preseason game, the team had linebackers coach Joe Vitt on the sidelines and defensive assistant Dennis Allen up in the press box. During the second game, Allen came down to the sidelines and Vitt moved up to the… Continue reading →

Inside Saints practice Wednesday: These 2 defensive backs making late, strong push to crack roster

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints WR R.J. Harris (19) and CB Brian Dixon (20) watch a the ball come down on a pass play during the Saints' Black and Gold Training Camp Scrimmage Friday  in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

. Notes and observations from Wednesday’s practice: Dixon up: Kyle Wilson isn’t the only one making a late push to crack the roster. Fellow cornerback Brian Dixon has come strong in recent days. After breaking up at least two passes during Tuesday’s practice, he came back and broke up a pass today intended for Lance Lewis. After looking… Continue reading →

Source: Saints move to void $1.2M salary owed to Junior Galette, who reportedly tore ACL in practice Wednesday

The Saints are attempting to avoid paying the guaranteed money owed to former pass rusher Junior Galette. The Saints are claiming Galette voided the guarantee on his base $1.25 million salary by violating the “rep and warranty language” in his contract, according to a source. Fox Sports Mike Garafolo first reported the Saints were moving to void Galette’s guarantees. Galette was released by… Continue reading →

Keenan Lewis, Hau’oli Kikaha out of Saints' Wednesday practice

. Cornerback Keenan Lewis appears to be out of practice, and rookie linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha is at practice but out of helmet and pads for the Saints’ Wednesday practice. Lewis went through a full practice and met with the media on Tuesday, telling reporters he’s almost back to full strength. Rookie guard Cyril Lemon is also not in helmet… Continue reading →

15 seconds or less: Saints play their own brand of up-tempo football

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- From left to right, Saints center Max Unger, guard Tim Lelito, quarterback Drew Brees and tackle Andrus Peat run up to the line during the Saints' training camp earlier this month in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The Saints goal is to get up to the line quickly to force the defense's hand and give Brees more time to read its scheme.

Using standard definitions, many people would not consider the Saints an up-tempo football team. They huddle too much and use meticulous and long play calls. Of their 1,095 plays last season, only 81 were conducted without a huddle. And many of those plays weren’t run for the sake of going fast. They occurred because the clock was ticking… Continue reading →

Tracking the Saints on the rise and those fading at training camp:

Hau'oli Kikaha

On the rise RB Khiry Robinson Robinson, sometimes regarded as the No. 3 option in a deep Saints backfield, has spent training camp proving he can be much more. Robinson’s a ferocious runner and capable receiver out of the backfield. LB Hau’oli Kikaha After an uneven performance in the preseason… Continue reading →

LSU prepares for its opponents, works on schematics in its Tuesday night scrimmage

LSU coach Les Miles said the Tigers worked “opponents’ schematics” into their third scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday night, which consisted of 80-110 plays. The team is only 11 days away from its season opener against McNeese State on September 5. Here are some more newsy nuggets from Miles’ press conference:

  • QB update: Miles said sophomore Brandon Harris “certainly has the… Continue reading →

  • Saints move Friday's practice to Tulane's Yulman Stadium

    The New Orleans Saints have shifted the final day of training camp to a Friday night workout under the lights. The Saints have moved Friday’s practice to Tulane’s Yulman Stadium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. New Orleans originally scheduled the practice for 8:40 a.m., then shifted the practice times for all days at the team’s Metairie facility to 11 a.m. earlier… Continue reading →

    Sackless after two preseason games, Saints make improving pass rush a point of emphasis

    Two games into the preseason, the New Orleans Saints are still looking for their first sack. Undrafted free agent Bobby Richardson came the closest, getting both hands on Jimmy Garoppolo late in the first half Saturday night, only to watch the Patriots’ passer spin away. New Orleans will continue to try to find the best way to rush the passer through the… Continue reading →

    Saints intrigued by the athletic potential of tight end Chris Manhertz

    The newest member of the New Orleans Saints intrigued the coaching staff. Chris Manhertz, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound former basketball player from Canisius College, failed to make it in training camp with the Buffalo Bills. But when he worked out for the Saints, something caught the team’s eye. “He’s athletic, he’s big, so we brought him in,” Payton said. “When you see his size… Continue reading →

    Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis says last week's injuries in the team's secondary could pay dividends in the future

    The nicks and bruises that kept the Saints’ starting secondary off the field last week against the New England Patriots might actually be a positive. Keenan Lewis is sure of it. Now that Lewis, Kenny Vaccaro and Delvin Breaux are back to full speed, and Brandon Browner appears to be on his way back soon, the Saints’ starting secondary is headed in… Continue reading →

    Delvin Breaux shines at cornerback, safety Pierre Warren gets first-team reps at Saints' Tuesday practice

    Notes and observations from Tuesday’s practice: BREAUX SAYS NO: I don’t typically put much stock in one-on-one passing drills between receivers and cornerbacks. By design, the drill favors the wide receivers. It didn’t during Tuesday’s practice. Cornerback Delvin Breaux was shutting guys down and won all three of his reps. It was an impressive performance. We still need to see more… Continue reading →

    Saints secondary almost whole again with Brandon Browner's return to practice; Khiry Robinson out of action

    The New Orleans Saints’ starting secondary is almost whole again. Brandon Browner is in uniform at practice, and although he’s likely still limited, the Saints now have four of the five defensive backs that sat out the New England game back in action.

    Only Jairus Byrd, who has not practiced in camp, isn’t back to work.

    Running back Khiry Robinson… Continue reading →

    Opting to aid his sick mother over playing big-time college football, Ashaad Mabry still gets shot with Saints

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  T Andrus Peat (75) works in drills against DL Ashaad Mabry (74) during the Saints morning practice Monday at White Sulphur Springs, WV.

    Ashaad Mabry didn’t tell his mother he’d decided to give up football. He knew she wouldn’t let him. So only a few weeks after his mom had dropped him off to begin his career at Oklahoma State, Mabry walked into the coaches’ offices, relinquished the scholarship he’d always wanted, packed his bags and traveled… Continue reading →

    Saints sign free agent tight end Chris Manhertz

    . The New Orleans Saints have replaced Michael Egnew with free agent tight end Chris Manhertz, according to the NFL’s transaction wire. Manhertz, a 6-foot-6, 255-pounder, played basketball at Canisius College, averaging 6.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in his final season. The big former basketball player was signed by the Bills last December, then cut… Continue reading →

    Source: Saints waive tight end Michael Egnew, one week after signing him

    The revolving door at tight end continues.
    A week after signing Michael Egnew, the New Orleans Saints have waived the tight end, a source confirmed.
    Egnew did not play in Saturday’s game against the New England Patriots.
    The 25-year-old was a third-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2012. He had seven catches for 69 yards in 2013.
    The Saints currently have… Continue reading →

    Saints notebook: Pierre Warren keeping effort in perspective

    Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints free safety Pierre Warren (42) returns an interception against against the New England Patriots in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015.

    Pierre Warren doesn’t feel like he’s doing his job. When he steps on the field each practice or game, he goes out there with one goal: Get a turnover. When that doesn’t happen, he doesn’t feel like the day was a success. There’s been too many days like that lately for his liking. “I always… Continue reading →

    A FEW MINUTES WITH: Akiem Hicks

    Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Saints DE Akiem Hicks (76) works in defensive drills during the Saints' morning Training Camp practice Monday in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

    Veteran Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks lost 20 pounds in the offseason, dropping to 325 pounds to improve his quickness. For the second time this camp, Hicks spoke at length about the weight loss Sunday, plus returning to the field after a minor injury last week. Was it a game-time decision for you… Continue reading →

    Notes and observations from the Saints' Sunday practice

    . Notes and observations from Sunday’s practice: Heating up: After spending the first three weeks of camp in the mild conditions of West Virginia, the Saints returned to Metairie for Sunday’s session. It was hot. Practice wasn’t. The team took it easy, went through some positional drills, and practiced at about half speed. With Monday a… Continue reading →

    Khiry Robinson, David Hawthorne out with injuries, Saints secondary is returning to work

    . The New Orleans Saints are no longer working without their entire starting secondary Cornerback Keenan Lewis, cornerback Delvin Breaux and safety Kenny Vaccaro all returned to practice on Sunday, along with guard Cyril Lemon and wide receiver Lance Lewis. Linebacker David Hawthorne and running back Khiry Robinson are both out of practice, but both… Continue reading →

    Report: Saints receiver Nick Toon out 2-3 weeks with sprained ankle in loss to New England

    Saints wide receiver Nick Toon will be out two to three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in the third quarter against the New England Patriots, according to a report by Fox Sports. Toon has been in a fight for a roster spot among a crowded wide receiver group. The former fourth-round pick, who finished last season with 17 catches… Continue reading →